WSU tuition for 2012-13
On June 27, 2012, the Wayne State University Board of Governors voted to increase tuition by 3.88 percent for undergraduate and graduate students. Members of the board expressed reluctance to raise the cost of attending Wayne State, but agreed that such action was necessary to preserve the university’s fundamental strengths in teaching and research.
Following a 15 percent cut in state appropriations last year, Wayne State will receive a 0.65 percent increase in state funding this year.
To mitigate tuition increases for those needing financial assistance, Wayne State has doubled its financial aid over the past five years. This includes investing an additional $3 million for the coming year, for a total of $56 million in institutional financial aid. More than 82 percent of all WSU undergraduate students receive some type of need- or merit-based financial aid.
Tuition will increase $11.20 per credit hour, or $134.40 per semester for students taking 12 credit hours in fall 2012. WSU’s full-time undergraduate freshman tuition ranks 13th among Michigan's 15 public universities (based on 12 credit hours).
Despite recent tuition increases necessitated by declining state funding, WSU remains an exceptionally good value, especially for a major research university. The Department of Education’s recent report on College Affordability and Transparency shows that WSU’s net price increase was lower than 580 of 650 institutions in the public four-year category, and the lowest in Michigan.